Ex-Brooklyn boxer’s promotion business on cusp of breakout

When Dmitriy Salita was an active fighter, he was ambitious, dedicated, determined and resilient, even when the odds were stacked against him. He is still that as a boxing promoter, holding his own in a competitive business.

Salita, 36, is the president of Salita Promotions, established in 2010. Two of his fighters, Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller and Claressa Shields, will headline in Wichita, Kan., on Nov. 17. Miller (22-0-1, 19 KOs) of Brooklyn is facing Bogdan Dinu (18-0, 14 KOs) of Romania for the WBA “regular” heavyweight title in the main event. Shields (6-0, 2 KOs) of Flint, Mich., will attempt to add the women’s WBC middleweight title to her IBF and WBA collection when she takes on Hannah Rankin (5-2, 1 KOs) of the United Kingdom in the co-feature. The fights will be streamed live on the DAZN app.

“This is a very difficult and challenging business,” Salita told The Post. “But it’s something I love and have tremendous passion for. The business end just came as an extension of my passion for the sport.”

Salita was born in the Ukraine but raised in Brooklyn, where he found his way to the Starrett City Boxing Club and learned to box under the tutelage of the late, great Jimmy O’Pharrow.

Using the nickname “Star of David,” Salita compiled a 35-2-1 record with 18 knockouts as pro. What he lacked in raw talent, he made up for in heart and determination, earning a shot at the world super lightweight title against Amir Khan in 2009, a bout in which Salita was stopped in the first round.

Promoting has proven just as competitive.

Salita started promoting some of his own shows before branching out full-time. Miller was one of his first signings.

“He was probably 16 or 17 years old and he would be part of my training camps in the Poconos,” Salita said. “I was surprised such a talented fighter with personality and athleticism wasn’t signed to a big promoter. Two or three years went by, and as my company started to progress and had the infrastructure, he asked me to sign him and I did. He definitely has the personality and the gift of gab along with the skills of boxing to entertain and take it to the next level.”

The next level would be to defeat Dinu and position himself for a title shot against Anthony Joshua or the winner of the Dec. 1 showdown between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

“He’s always wanted to fight the best heavyweights,” Salita said. “And I think we’ve done a great job together trying to do that.”

Salita’s relationship with Shields, the two-time Olympic gold medal winner, developed in Michigan, where Salita has been based while his wife, Alona, attends medical school at Michigan State.

“She’s a once-in-a-generation athlete with an incredible story,” Salita said of Shields. “I’ve spent time in Flint where she grew up and having grown up in Brooklyn, I think Flint is probably tougher than that. To be the best in the world and a history-maker after growing up in the toughest place in the United States is a great story.”

Miller and Shields have become hot properties and are drawing interest from rival promoters.

“People try to stretch their hand and whisper things,” Salita said. “We’ve had a lot of trouble that way. It comes with the territory. But I keep my ear to the ground. When somebody jabs me, I jab them back.”

That’s when the fighter kicks in. Salita said he hasn’t officially retired, and stays in the gym working out four times a week, while scouting for prospects.

“What gives me an advantage is I’m connected to boxing from the source,” he said. “It’s not because I have to do it, it’s because I want to do it. I go to the boxing gym because that’s what I am.”

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